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Cooking Creativity January 18, 2010

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.
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Before Christmas, I watched the movie Julie & Julia, which, as you probably know, tells two stories: that of master chef Julia Child as she discovers French cooking and that of blogger Julie Powell, who challenged herself to make every recipe in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year. The movie instantly won me over–not just for the acting or the beautiful way in which 1940s-’50s Paris is depicted, but for the message that creativity can change people’s lives.

I love seeing people discover a creative outlet that then reroutes their lives. In her autobiography, My Life in France, Julia Child says that she had no interest in cooking whatsoever until she was in her 30s. Likewise, Julie Powell rediscovered her love of writing through her blog, and now she has just released her second book. And there are plenty of other stories of famous artists, writers, and musicians who stumbled upon their creative streaks when they didn’t expect it.

I guess my point here is that it’s never too late to find your passion, whether it’s in art or writing or cooking or whatever. But don’t put it off, because there are plenty of ways around town to help jump start your creativity. Try some classes, such as those offered by Samford After Sundown, the art museum, art stores, and some art galleries. Some of those are more affordable than you might think, but if you’re looking for something absolutely free, be sure to visit art openings and arts/crafts festivals. Many times, you’ll get to meet the creators of the works on display, and they’re usually happy to explain their processes. An art festival, by the way, is what got me to explore block printing. I had learned how to do it in elementary school but hadn’t even thought about it for 20 years–but after I met a printmaker and saw his works, I was eager to explore it once more. And my life is certainly more interesting now because of it!

So get out there and start exploring, discovering, and creating. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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